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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the former One Direction singer features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj and Timbaland.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
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  1. 80
    The first 12 songs glow with standard praise for a natural, respectful love (rumoured to be about his on/off model girlfriend Gigi Hadid) but things take a darker turn after Malik’s mythical musings (over muted pings of electric guitar) on “Icarus Interlude”, which concludes with him singing that he “lied to the liars”. Both sonically and lyrically, things get more interesting from this point.
  2. 80
    He’s the most successful former One Direction member with good reason, and this album is a high-water mark for the 25-year-old.
  3. Dec 20, 2018
    70
    The story of Icarus is one of tragedy, but there’s only signs of success within this offering as ZAYN begins the journey to realising his full potential.
  4. Dec 18, 2018
    64
    Icarus Falls, as a high-concept pop album, is fine. It shows off Zayn’s reluctant charisma and love-song-ready voice amid R&B ideas that are fully immersed in the present, for the most part for the better.
  5. Dec 26, 2018
    60
    Once you accept the intimidating length and occasional clumsy lyric (see: “An attack of the mind / like Optimus Prime in his prime”), there’s plenty here to appreciate.
  6. 58
    Icarus Falls has a lot of songs and some of them are quite good. As a vehicle for blitzing the internet with Zayn singles, the album is totally effective. But the concept is only half-conceived, and the listening experience is repetitive and dull.
  7. Dec 19, 2018
    40
    Across 27 tracks, he tries on so many guises--melancholic balladeer, unabashed chart-chaser, avant-pop visionary--that he fails to ever separate himself from his peers, rendering Icarus Falls a forgettable, albeit expertly produced, travelogue of R&B trends.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 81
  2. Negative: 2 out of 81
  1. Jan 12, 2019
    10
    I had to admit it's kind of doubtful when an album has 27 songs because that's really a lot. But the time I listened to the album, Zayn justI had to admit it's kind of doubtful when an album has 27 songs because that's really a lot. But the time I listened to the album, Zayn just proved to himself that he can literally pull off any genre. The songs are all lyrically creative. His voice is so angelic to the point where when you're listening to the album it feels like you're in heaven. Hopefully people wouldn't sleep into this masterpiece. Well done, Zayn! Expand
  2. Dec 18, 2018
    10
    From heartfelt lyrics, to emotional strong vocals, to great production if I could give this album a 100 i would. 27 songs and not one fillerFrom heartfelt lyrics, to emotional strong vocals, to great production if I could give this album a 100 i would. 27 songs and not one filler song. Cohesive, related to the "Icarus Falls" theme, and double album. Zayn is one outstanding artist. Expand
  3. Dec 18, 2018
    10
    I was a little put off due to the length of the album, but I still had to give it a chance. I did not listen to the full album at once. II was a little put off due to the length of the album, but I still had to give it a chance. I did not listen to the full album at once. I listened to the first half for a a couple of days, then moved on to the second half. Overall I really enjoyed the production of the songs, and Zayn's silky smooth voice is a pleasure to listen to. He showed off his vocal range really well. This album definitely shows lyrical growth from his debut album. For me, the album could have ended at Insomnia. I find myself skipping the last 3 songs - they're not bad at all, i just think the other songs are so much better. I will still give it a 10/10 simply because i thoroughly enjoyed 99% of the album, and to be honest, i've been having it on repeat constantly. Icarus Falls has quickly entered my list of favourite albums of 2018. Expand
  4. Dec 20, 2018
    10
    This album is long as hell and I didn't know if my attention span could handle it, but once you dig in it's easy to see there are two separateThis album is long as hell and I didn't know if my attention span could handle it, but once you dig in it's easy to see there are two separate albums in one. The first half is an outpouring. It's an extensive declaration of love and several affectionate letters to one person. The second half is where the lyrics become more introspective and creative and the sound varies wildly. The first half is wonderful and moody and a nice cohesive vibe. The second half is creative, playful, and fun. Several good bops in both halves. Favourite track is Sour Diesel. Expand
  5. Dec 18, 2018
    10
    Icarus Falls is literally the most beautiful album I’ve heard in quite a while. With it’s link to the Greek mythological character Icarus, theIcarus Falls is literally the most beautiful album I’ve heard in quite a while. With it’s link to the Greek mythological character Icarus, the album beautifully goes through the the concept in such way that 27 tracks seem worth it completely. Zayn also shows evolvement from his previous work Mind Of Mine on this album, lyrically and vocally. Some of my really-close-to-the-heart songs are: Back To Life, Flight Of The Stars, Stand Still, Satisfaction, Fresh Air and Insomnia. I believe it’s really hard to maintain the sound throughout the album with this long length especially but Zayn has successfully done it, without a doubt. Expand
  6. Dec 18, 2018
    10
    zayn didnt make this album for the charts and the numbers, he simply wanted the world to ENJOY his music; the album is so personal andzayn didnt make this album for the charts and the numbers, he simply wanted the world to ENJOY his music; the album is so personal and beautiful.
    ps justin bieber said he deserves a grammy so
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  7. Dec 25, 2018
    2
    I tried. Several times... But all i got is poor sound, boring lyrics and 27 tracks (hello?) where only 5 is OKAY, not even good. You can catchI tried. Several times... But all i got is poor sound, boring lyrics and 27 tracks (hello?) where only 5 is OKAY, not even good. You can catch yourself pausing album 12818 times because you're not interested in. Album sales (11k) speak for themselves how bad it is.
    I believe Zayn is one of the worst artists in the whole world, because how is it possible to release bad album and then another one that even worse?
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